10 THINGS I HEARD AT CHURCH THIS YEAR

DSC_0391Last year I did a post about the cool notebook-of-the-month I received from my beloved daughter.

Small enough to stick in my purse – I used them mostly to take notes on the pastor’s messages.

This year my beloved daughter bought me a new set – so as I was exchanging the old for the new – I went through the old and came up with 10 good quotes (among many) that I heard at church in 2012.

1. Christianity is not about moral reform, but about the dead becoming alive.  ( I think this might have been a quote from the book Jesus + Nothing Equals Everything – which is quoted a lot at our church and which seems to always be checked out of the library, so I have not yet read it.)

2. Don’t let legalism diminish Christ. You don’t grow spiritually by doing bigger things, but by believing in a bigger  God. (Pastor Bugh)

3. We are alienated from God. We are stuck in the cul-de-sac of stupidity. (Matt Chandler quoted)

4. The only thing we contribute to our salvation is the sin that makes it necessary. (Pastor Bugh)

5. We reduce Christianity to self-help about “ME.” (Pastor Bugh)

6. People get angry with God because He doesn’t give them what He didn’t promise in the first place. (Pastor Bugh)

7. People who say it cannot be done should  not interrupt those who are doing it. (George Bernard Shaw and no, he did not speak at church.)

8. Your church will not have to give an account of how you raised your children, but you will. (Pastor Bugh)

9. If you are not a generous person, it is a grace thing, a theological issue. Biblical generosity is an act of obedience. Generosity is not a feeling, but an identity with God.    (Pastor Bugh)

10. Thankfulness has nothing to do with the place you are in but what you are doing in that place. (Pastor Bugh)

Actually I only got halfway through the year looking for quotes.

SUNDAY BY THE SEA

This doesn’t happen to me too often.

Just like the week before, I was once again by the ocean. My Florida friend Susan and I decided to get up early and catch the sunrise and then enjoy breakfast by the beach before I headed home.

We did get up early as planned – but the weather was anything but super sunny. However, clouds can make interesting pictures – so off we went to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. What a glorious morning!

TWO COOL RESTAURANTS

DSC02027 DSC02077I’ve been to two cool restaurants this season – one we go to every year and the other was a first.

Every year we go down to Chicago and eat lunch at the Grand Lux Cafe ( we also get there sometimes when it’s not Christmas).

The best thing of all are their beignets which you order with your meal – and by the time you’re ready for dessert – they’re done.

The other cool place was a quaint tearoom in a quaint town. We went “south” on a misty afternoon making the quaintness seem all the more quaint as we walked around town and toured the quaint shops.

The Pickwick Society references Little Women – although we didn’t see too many references to Little Women inside the shop except for the restroom being called Laurie’s room. (Which, in a way, was confusing since Laurie is a guy in the book.)

We had our choice of every flavor of tea you can imagine – the food was ready for us (we had reservations) and we sat back and enjoyed.

One of the highlights was sitting right next to a gentleman playing his hammer dulcimer, serenading our tea.

Two different types of restaurants – one in the middle of a city – one in a quaint, country town.  But both delightful.

By the way – we went into one store and heard crashing, banging, thunderous noise coming from the ceiling. At first I thought water pipes were about to explode – but then we asked – there’s a bowling alley upstairs.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

IMG_0301So, we got back from Virginia on Tuesday and Friday I flew back out to the East Coast.

A friend was picking me up at the Fort Lauderdale airport and she was delayed, so I decided to call home and let my family know I had arrived.

As I did, I saw something move under the bench – and since no one was around, I jumped.

Turns out the Fort Lauderdale airport has a pigeon population – and as you can see, they’re camouflaged pigeons.